After a very LONG and ROUGH night on Wednesday, we got up early on Thursday, checked out, and unfortunatally, left the Newport Beachside. I absolutely loved this hotel. There’s not much wrong I could say about it. We ended up driving up North of Miami and ended up at the John U. Lloyd State Park in Dania, Florida. Awesome place. They have beautiful beaches, offer boating, biking, actually a wide variety of different activities. They also feature a restaurant, the Loggerhead Cafe.
We had an AMAZING meal there, including a sampler we got which included Salmon, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin! I had Mahi Mahi a few days earlier at Kitchen 305, and loved it, but before this never tried Marlin. Let me tell you….wow. It was absolutely delicious. The rest of the meal was amazing as well, and not over-priced whatsoever, as are a lot of places in the Miami-area. Not to mention, there was only one woman running the entire place (which is sort of hard to find, so it’s not that busy) and she did a damn-near PERFECT job. Friendly service like you wouldn’t believe!
The park itself only costs $6 per car to get into, and is well worth it. It’s going to be a future stop for sure next time I’m down in Miami…
After our delicious meal we took one last walk on the beach, and fast-forward some 31 hours later and 3 or 4 hours of sleep mixed in there, here I sit in my office writing this Blog post. I am already sort of upset that I’m no longer in Miami, but that’s how it goes. I am looking forward to my next journey, as well as the hustle in between. To give you an idea of why I may be upset as well, let me give you a comparison…..
Yesterday when I left Miami…….
Today when I arrived back in Pennsylvania:
Seems sort of unfair, doesn’t it? Regardless, I’ll always have my great memories… not to mention my photography! In case you are wondering, we decided not to stop at DisneyWorld on this trip (although we did go through the Orlando area) due to time constraints, etc… When we do go to Disney, we want to make an entire trip out of it. It’s not the kind of place you can just “see in one day.”
From here on the 2011 OUP Photography Tour will be stopping at Cedar Point & HersheyPark in June, as well as back to Outer Banks, NC in July! Plus, you NEVER know what might pop up in between then! (wink wink). STAY TUNED!